Heather Nauert withdraws from consideration as UN ambassador, saying the last 2 months have been 'grueling' for her family

heather nauertState Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.Associated Press/Alex Brandon

  • Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman for the State Department and President Donald Trump's nominee as US Ambassador to the United Nations, announced Saturday she was withdrawing from consideration.
  • She said the last two months had been "grueling" for her family.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert announced Saturday she was withdrawing from consideration as US ambassador to the United Nations, saying the last two months have been "grueling" for her family.

Had Nauert been confirmed, she would have replaced former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, who resigned from the position last October.

Nauert was nominated for the position by President Donald Trump in December 2018. Nauert is a former Fox News host and joined the State Department in April 2017, initially serving under then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of US Ambassador to the United Nations," she said in a statement. "However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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